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] [ speaking latin ] ♪ ♪ >> the presentation of the fisherman's ring delivered to pope francis. father tom brosnan, again explain to us the presentation of the fisherman's ring. >> it's a sign of his office as universal pastor. it's also worn by all of the metropolitan archbishops throughout the world and the patriarchs of the eastern churches in union with him. the fisherman's ring, of course, is named after st. peter, the first pope the bishop of rome. and as cardinal sadano had just presented that ring, he reminded us that st. paul as well teaches us that we have many ministries and carisms and this man pope francis, is meant to fulfill the office of the servant of the service of god. >> right now, father, there are six cardinals. and these are, what, acts of obedience? >> correct. yes, i believe that's what they're doing. these are the six you could say leading cardinals of the church. the secretary of state under pope benedict. i don't know this gentleman. >> pope benedict used 12 individuals including cardinals bishops priests a monk, a husband and wife and two ch
of the selection of the new pope, pope francis. >> bret: white smoke and new pope from a new place. first pontiff from the americas. this is "special report." >> bret: good evening. i'm bret baier. it took two days and five ballots and now the world's 1.2 billion catholics have a new leader tonight. he is unlike any of his predecessors. white smoke atop the sistine chapel at the vatican symbolizing a end to the conclave, which began tuesday. thousands of the faithful jammed st. peters square in the cold rain today. they jump for joy at the signal and awaited the pope's first appearance. he is 76-year-old argentine cardinal jorge bergoglio. he will be known as "pope francis." he is said to be a man of the people. humble servant. as his new name signifys as well. the first pontiff from latin america. we have fox team coverage tonight. father gerald murray in rome. we'll talk about what the pope means for the catholic church. correspondent shannon bream has the bio on pope francis. but we begin with amy kellogg in a jubilant rome as well. good evening, amy. >> reporter: oh, bret, it is a nig
this week, i think pope francis has charmed the entire world except for one small constituency which are his security patrol who are quite frankly at witt's end what he's going to do next and how to keep him safe. obviously this is a pope who is determined to be as close to his people as possible, not to be walled off from them, and at a pastoral level, at a human level, that's a remarkably endearing quality, but for the people who are charged with his security, it also has got their blood pressure up. i think we're seeing additional indications this morning of how he's going to be somebody that they're going to have to sort of figure out a new script to make sure he can be as close to people as possible but at the same time not be putting himself in harm's way. >> john, i want to stay with you for a second here and talk about some of the dignitaries that will be attending today. we heard a spokesman from the vatican say that they don't issue invitations, that folks actually reach out to the vatican to say i want to be present. can we talk about some of the dignitaries that have chosen to be
♪ >>> coming up, kim lawton reports from rome on the selection of pope francis. >>> and deborah potter has the final report in our series on the large and growing number of americans who say they have no religious affiliation. what effect might these unaffiliated have on all organized religion? major funding of religion and ethics news weekly is provided by -- >>> welcome. i'm bob abernethy. it's good to have you with us. man catholics around the world this week welcomed their new leader amid many expectations and questions about what the papacy of pope francis may hold. cardinal jorge mario bergoglio of buenos aires was elected pope wednesday, choosing the name francis in reference, the vatican said, to st. francis of assisi. he is the first pope to take that name. he is also the first jesuit to become pope and the first pope from south america. francis is known for his advocacy on the part of the poor and for his humility. in argentina, he lived simply in a small apartment, often cooked for himself, and took the bus or subway every day instead of a chauffeured car. he is also
. cardinal jorge mario bergoglio of argentina is now pope francis i. good evening. >>> hello. i am frank somerville. >> and i am gasia mikaelian. >> today's announcement is historic. ktvu's mike mibach here with how the world learned pope francis i will lead the church. >> reporter: pope francis i was chosen in one of the fastest conclaves in years. today a historical day in vatican city with holy week less than two weeks way. we are having technical difficults with that package. we will get that for you. we should mention it is three special things here. one he is a jesuit, non- european here which is a first for a pope of someone to come from argentina. he will celebrate his first mass in the sistine chapel on thursday. he will be installed as pope on tuesday. we will bring you more as soon as we could get that resolved. >> thank you. >>> we have more details about pope francis i. he was born in buenos aires in 1936. the son of italian immigrants. a man symbolized poverty. he speaks spanish, atalgen and german -- italian and german and only has one lung,. what is the reaction to the po
francis. >> good evening from vatican city. thanks for joining us. a night of excitement and a night of firsts. 1.2 catholics rejoice as the 266th pope is chosen. what a surprising choice it really was. jorge marie over bergoglio is his name. the first pontiff from the americas, first jesuit pope, first noneuropean in almost 1,300 years. he is also the first francis. tonight we go inside this historic development for the faith. 7:06 p.m. rome time. white smoke. as that smoke rose and billowed into the night air, st. peter's square erupted. it was a moment of pure joy for them. a profound prayer of the chance to witness history. soon the square was packed with more than 100,000 rain-soaked people. their eyes turned upward in anticipation to the red draped windows of st. peter's. everyone waiting to see the new pope. the vatican band marched into cheers, followed by the swiss guard, the pope's personal troop. and then -- the french cardinal came to pronounce the famous words. habemus papam. >> but who? >> jorge mario bergoglio of argentina waited in the wings, vatican tv capturing the
air's, the first south american pope. the name he chose also a first, francis, after st. francis of assisi, one of the most admired figures in the history of the roman catholic church. the name symbolizes poverty, humility and simplicity. and in that spirit of humility and simplicity, the world heard pope francis speak. >> translator: i would like to offer you my blessing. but i'd like to ask a favor first. first before the bishop bless the people i would like to pray for the lord so that the prayer of the people blesses also the new pontiff. >> and another first today, a twitter announcement of the new pontiff from the handl handle @pontiffx. in latin, we have pope francis. >> translator: as you know, the duty of the conclave was to uphold a bishop in rome and it seems to me that my brothers, cardinals have chosen one from far away, but here i am. >> reporter: i want to get to anderson cooper in rome. when the shouts and cheers went up, he was in the crowd. it must have been an incredible moment to feel that spontaneous elation and joy. tell us about the reaction. >> it really w
erupted in celebration. [cheers] >> shepard: and from the ban cone above pope francis addressed the world. [speaking italian] >> tonight, reaction from around the world and from the pope's home country of argentina. plus, what this choice signals about the direction of the catholic church as fox reports live from rome on the election of pope francis. >> shepard: and by all accounts it's a ground breaking choice. a man who takes the bus and cooks his own food is now the leader of the world's 1 billion plus catholics. [cheers] cardinal the 76-year-old from argentina who has decided to call himself pope francis. analysts say is he a fierce opponent of abortion, same sex marriage and once said letting gay couples adopt children would be discrimination against children. he is the first pope from north or south america. he talked about that in his first comment as head of the catholic church. >> the duty of the conclave was to give rome a bishop. it looks like my brothers, the cardinals went to find him at the end of the world almost. >> shepard: then he did something that the analysts say show
noneuropean pope in modern times. first to take the name francis after saint francis of assisi. this one made history quickly, as well. extraordinary scene in the square. the five rounds of voting, a decision. and as the white smoke rose, the crowd in st. peter's square erupted. the joy. this time, not tempered by mourning as it was eight years ago, because for the first time in 598 years, the previous pope is alive and well, retired, not deceased. as word got out, the crowd grew larger. people literally running to the square, romans and visitors, even people making airline connections, racing to the square. more than 150,000 in all, officials say. all eyes on that small balcony, waiting, watching, wondering who would emerge, a favorite cardinal scola of milan, an american, o'malley, of boston, the first canadian pope, the first african-american. who would it be? the first answers by the cardinal taking the first step and uttering the traditional words. >> urbi et orbi. habemus papam. >> we announce to you a great joy, we have a new pope. that pope jorge mario bergoglio came out of nowhere, a
♪ >>> this morning, a new era begins. >> pope and excitement for the new pope, francis, from the new world with weighty challenges ahead. >> a man known for his humility and dedication to the poor already bringing his humble ways to the vatican's hallowed halls. >> we toasted him and then he toasted us and he simply said, may god forgive you. >> this morning, complete coverage from rome. ♪ >>> good thursday morning, everybody. what a morning it is. truly a new day for the catholic church, the cardinals chose a pope that signals change at the vatican. >> and the response in st. peter's square and around the world shows that change is very welcome. abc's marci gonzalez joins us from rome where the sell brakes go on. good morning, marci. >> reporter: good morning rob and diana. an amazing night. pope francis is starting his first full day as the leader of the roman catholic church. >> habemus papam. >> reporter: with those words history was made. pope francis becoming the first pontiff ever from latin america. echoing the roar of the more than 100,000 people in st. peter's squ
: the website, istherewhitesmoke.com went from no to yes. thank you, pope francis. no longer will we have to endure even the commercials cluttered with tiny boxes showing a live image of the papal chimney. >> to order the incredible flexible hose. >> reporter: it is incredible enough to put out all that smoke? enjoy it while you can sea gull with the election over, they'll be dismantling your perch. jeannie moos, cnn, new york. >> i was one of them. i was definitely smoke chimney obsessed today. >> you and a billion others. >> exactly. >> thanks very much. aarerin burnett "out front" sta right now. >> i would like to pray for the lord so that the prayer of the people blesses also the new pontiff. >> the new pope asked for the people's blessing. good evening, everyone. i'm erin burnett in front of st. patrick's cathedral in new york city. what do we know about the new leader of the world's catholics? we're going to tell you. let's go "out front." and good evening to all of you. "out front" tonight, we have a new pope. argentina's jorge mario bergoglio stepped out on the balcony of the papa
bergoglio, now pope francis, is the first jesuit pontiff and the first pope from latin america where 40% of the world's catholics live. >> it was a great recognition by the church that it's not eurocentric anymore. >> reporter: the announcement came at the end of a long rainy day. thousands of people huddled under umbrellas in st. peter's square looking up at the chimney on the roof of the sistine chapel. the morning brought black smoke. the tension of the afternoon broken by seagulls who took turn sitting on the chimney long enough to trend on twitter. [ cheers and applause ] then just after 7:00 here, the sight the world waited for. igniting an hour-long celebration. ♪ >> habemus papum. [ cheers and applause ] >> reporter: when his name was announced -- >> bergoglio. >> reporter: there was an audible gasp in the square, a sense of confusion. bergoglio wasn't one of the cardinals that had captured rome's attention. [ speaking in a foreign language ] >> reporter: the humble argentine led the people in prayer. then asked the crowd of more than 100,000 to silently pray for him. [ speaki
bergoglio succeeds benedict xvith, who was the first pope to retire in 600 years. pope francis is the first to take the name francis and he's the first pope in the history of the church to be chosen from the global south. joining me now father joseph mcshane. he is the president of fordham university. father walter modrys, he was pastor of st. ignatius loyola patience in new york city for 19 years. john degioia, he is the president of georgetown university and in nashville, jon meacham. he is the author of "thomas jefferson: the art of power. " i'm pleased to have them. father mcshane, were you watching to see who would come out and were you surprised at who stepped up? >> i was i was in my office with my staff, i was walking across campus a little while before. heard the church bells rings which had been silent since benedict stepped down. we all crowded in and watched and i was stunned. we didn't believe it was possible. first jesuit. >> bruni: you heard his name mentioned before though, right? >> he was mentioned prominently in the last conclave but not all that prominently this time aro
argentina's cardinal jorge mario bergoglio now pope francis stepped through the red curtains on a vatican balcony to deliver his first blessing. >> translator: let us pray for the whole world because let us have a big brotherhood. i wish that this journey for the church that we are going to start today and my cardinals want to help me, let's hope this journey bears fruits for the evangelizing of this beautiful city. >> word first came of a new pope in the form of the white smoke rising from the chimney of the sistine chapel. that signal that the 115 cardinals have elected one of their own. that set the bells ringing out across st. peter's square. there are thousands and thousands of people still rushing to celebrate even as we speak. let's go to the scene. our own chris cuomo has been watching all of this history unfold in very dramatic terms. this is one of those historic moments that all of us will always remember. >> reporter: it's a great memory to cover. there is no question, wolf. but the context here is so meaningful. starting with pope benedict's resignation, there was something v
thomas and wendy griffith are on assignment. now that the shock is over, there is a feeling pope francis will put his unique stamp on the roman catholic church. chris mitchell has our report from rome >> reporter: ceremony was simple and brief when pope francis met the thousands gathered in st. peter's square and the rest of the world. most of the people have left st. peter's square. for the many who rushed here after seeing the white smoke coming from the sistine chapel, it was unforgetable. >> it was fantastic. people flocked to the piazza. it was amazing. >> i was absolutely thrilled, excited. jumping for joy. at the end of the day, for me, i am here for the moment. to live in the moment. there were people from all over the world. something i couldn't miss. >> reporter: it was the choice of the name francis that struck many catholics. ashley mcguire with the catholic association. >> it couldn't send a more clear signal, france is known for reforming the church and a simple man of humility. two immediate clear signals about what kind of papacy pope francis wants to have >> reporter: he
the ccd books. but as i watch today, i heard priests and others who know pope francis describe him as humble and open to new ideas. and in part, they said that because of the name he has chosen, francis, no other pope has done that. he could have chosen the name for saint francis of xavier, one of the first jess wits, but i like to think he chose in honor of assisi, a man who is humble and loves animals. it should be noted assisi was never ordained as a priest. saint francis claimed that the voice of god came to him and ordered him to rebuild the church. and when i visited assisi, a town in italy, it was a spiritual experience. but i do not practice now. i am ecumenical, and i'm not alone. many people i know who were raised catholic no longer attend mass and many aren't raising their children catholic either whether because of the sex scandal, the views on women or homosexuality. the catholic church has a lot of issues, but it does a lot of good for a lot of people. the church helps the poor and the lonely. and i bet there are a lot of people who might return to the church if it ch
new life begins. call now. >>> tonight, we have a hope. francis introduces himself to the world. >> translator: brothers and sisters, good evening. >> the first of the americas and so much more. >> translator: let us begin this journey together. >> who is this man? why was he elected and how can he fix a church in crisis? plus, a home front. what it means for the catholics in america, the faith tested by same sex marriage and scandal. i'll speak to former presidential candidate, rick santorum and newt gingrich. this is "piers morgan live." >>> good evening. what an extraordinary evening it is. it's tomorrow, the vatican and around the world celebrations for the new pope tonight and the cathedral in buenos aires, crowds rejoicing after one of their own becomes the 266 pontiff. excitement began earlier today with billowing white smoke from the vatican, bells as thousands wait to catch a glimpse of the new pope from the balcony. jorge mario bergoglio, a first from outside europe in the modern era, the first jesuit pontiff, the first ever from latin america. what will he bring to th
pope will hold a mass, pope francis was elected on the fifth round, the 76-year-old born eight days before christmas day in argentina. a spokesman called him a reformer hoping to clean up the money laundering scandal in the vatican bank. pope francis is the first jesuit pope, the order typically teaches and works on behalf of the poor but seldom rises in the church hierarchy. the crowd is not as big as st.peters's square. i'll take you back live, vatican city. pope francis postponed a visit planned for today to confirm with emeritus pope benedict but at 9:00 pacific time the new pope will lead mass in the sistine chapel with all the cardinals in attendance. about 100,000 people were there to cheer when white smoke came yesterday. an hour later pope francis emerged on the balcony to greet his followers. >> let's always pray for each other. let's pray for the entire world. so that there can be great brotherhood. >> the pope chose his name from st. francis of assisi, the 13th century friar who helped the poor. he will be installed next tuesday. >>> san francisco is named after st. fran
, and so on? >> he has picked the name of francis. how important is the choice of name for the pope jacko >> hugely - -- for the pope? >> hugely important. i'm sure most people think of francis of assisi, the little, poor man. that is the great inspiration, one of the great inspirations of bergoglio's own life. i think -- i say this half jokingly, but i think some of the cardinals will be afraid that he will wander through the vatican and start selling off the treasures. he is quite radical in his sense of the way the gospel is a gospel message to the poor and the downtrodden. i think that will be -- social justice and the cause of the poor will certainly be a highlight of his papacy. >> what does this choice tell you about the general direction in which the catholic church is now expected to go under his papacy? >> i think, particularly, the child abuse scandal, but also the vatican scandal, have confronted the cardinal and catholics like myself with the fact that the church, during the 20th century, really became very worriedly -- worldly. that a large number of people who could find th
: this is an abc news special report. the inaugural ceremony of pope francis. francis. everyone.orning, everyone. good very early morning to many terry moran here i am terry moran here in new york to bring you coverage of pope augural mass of pope francis. there he is r there he is right now you are ooking at a live picture in a jeep, not the covered popemobile going through st. peter's he is to celebrate he is to celebrate along with ardinals and world leaders, an inaugural mass. nne really, the formal eginnings of his papacy, the ding to pacy according to catholic tradition. st. ll take the throne of st. rich today in a ceremony rich with symbolism. what a moment this is. look at this. i can't remember the last time a pope was not in a popemobile. st. go to cecilia vega in st. thrr's square. as the pope moves through the square what are you seeing and feeling down there? >> reporter: terry, good morning it, an absolutely ty is, no other way than to say it, an absolutely glorious morning here in vatican city. you can see the pope as you said zig-zagging through the crowd. he is right behind me
. pope francis is the first jesuit pope, the order typically teaches and works on behalf of the poor but seldom rises in the church hierarchy. the crowd is not as big as st.peters's square. i'll take you back live, vatican city. pope francis postponed a visit planned for today to confirm with emeritus pope benedict but at 9:00 pacific time the new pope will lead mass in the sistine chapel with all the cardinals in attendance. about 100,000 people were there to cheer when white smoke came yesterday. an hour later pope francis emerged on the balcony to greet his followers. >> let's always pray for each other. let's pray for the entire world. so that there can be great brotherhood. >> the pope chose his name from st. francis of assisi, the 13th century friar who helped the poor. he will be installed next tuesday. >>> san francisco is named after st. francis. [bells] the bells rang at st. mary's cathedral to signify the election of a new pope. bay area catholics say they are excited about the choice. they like his humble background, he rode the b
caught on candid camera. >>> and let the pope parodies begin as francis meets francis. francis has new ideas. >> no more fish on friday. that's a bunch of bull [ bleep ]. how he plans to shake things up, coming up. >> "right this minute." >>> whato we kn about soft snow? >> avalanches. >> avalanches. guy was out snow with a group, they pulled up to the scene of an avalanche. someone was caught in the snow and everybody, as you can see is trying to dig this rider out. they continue their snowmobiling and a second avalanche is triggered and aaron caught that on video, too. aaron immediately turns around and drives back up. >> is brent down there? >> you can hear him calling and asking his friend ifs they know where brent is. brent is under the snow. immediately, they swing into action. everybody in the group grabs their probes and start looking for their friend. it takes 15 minutes, then finally, they spot brent. >> come on brent. >> eventually, they are able to pull their friend out and he was okay. to tell us more about this ordeal, we have brent and aaron via skype right this minute.
ahead, but -- >> start with the name he picked. saint francis, probably the most beloved saint in the world, a model and inspiration not only for franciscans but every catholic. noncatholics love saint francis. i think there's going to be a speer of love surrounding the pope. i think he'll do a great job. >> shepard: thank you so much. we'll have continuing coverage through the afternoon and evening here on fox news. i'll be back with you tonight at 7:00 eastern, 4:00 pacific. for all of us in rome, thank you. here's cavuto. >>> seven years ago he was the main challenger to the man who would become known as pope benedict xvi. today he game his successor. and today, he chose the name francis. pope francis. welcome, i'm neil cavuto and from runner up to on top, cardinal jorge mario bergoglio of buenos aires, argentina is the leader of more than 1.2 billion catholics and the first from the america's, the first latino, the first top church official from his country who refused to live in the church mansion reserved for top bishops. a man who preferred a simple bed in a downtown roo
time as francis, the faithful gathered in st. peter's square for a moment of silence to pray for him. >> he knelt down, we saw him pray along with the crowd. it was a sign of humility. >> he showed that same humility as a cardinal, living in a sparse apartment instead of an official residence, refusing a chauffeur, riding the city bus instead. as he left st. peter's as the new pope. cardinals say he stayed true to the tenets that marked a life of service. >> as the bus pulls off, guess who pulls off, pope francis. i guess he just told the driver i'll go with the guys on the bus. he's a wonderfully simple man. >> with a very difficult job ahe ahead. >> there will be another incredible moment thursday morning, when pope francis travels to gondolfo to spend some time with pope ameritus benedict. it's been nearly 600 years since there's been an opportunity for pope's meet face to face about. >> while we still have you, a pivotal time for pope francis across the world. very in touch with people. how can he reinspire catholics across the world? >> a lot of those who follow the vatican here
francis, the pontiff from argentina begins his first day as head of the roman catholic church. >> china has a new leader. >> volkswagon betting on abroad as sales at home sputter. there are two new leaders in the world today. one spiritual and one political. and together they represent 2.5 billion people. we will begin with the roman catholic church's new pontiff. pope francis. hem bodies a new list of chapters for the church. >> that is right. he is the first pope from argentina and he is the first pontiff to take the name, francis. >> his election on wednesday night unleashed a wave of joy and emotion in rome, south america and around the world. familiar francis began his first day to a visit outside the vatican to one of the oldest churches in the world. at an alter to the icon to the virgin mary the new pope knelt and prayed. he also greeted the priests of the basilica who had just been told of francis' visit just before he arrived. on wednesday evening when he was presented to the world as the new pontiff, the 76-year-old also seems down to earth. he came on the balcony in a simple
. >> he met with the journalists on saturday, and he told them how he got -- he chose the name francis, and he said that after he had reached the requisite number of votes that the cardinal of brazil said remember the poor and so he then thought of st. francis of assisi who worked with the poor and so he picked the name francis and said there were a couple of jokes, though, that he should pick the name of a pope who had repressed the jesuits. >> clement the xiv had banned them in 1773 and they said you should be clement the xv to be even. he decided against getting even and chose francis. there was some debate over it was francis of assisi, francis xavier but he said, it was in fact assisi, no other fact conveys poverty as well and a love for the poor and simple lifestyle as francis of assisi and popular among the italians, too. >> we'll see today -- we've seen already some faces of people from different countries and we'll see people from many different religions and, of course, the cardinals, but the two people from religious orders that he has invited to play a part in this mass are
found so interesting it was church choice of the pontifical name. francis is a fascinating historical and theological figure someone who was, like augustin, a convert after a fairly spendthrift use by legend he was incredibly devoted to the poor, to the outcast and intensely spiritual. perhaps the first case of the stigmata was st. francis. also interesting by omission why this is the first time a pope has turned to that example raises an interesting question. >> bruni: well, perhaps it has something to do with his background. as we're learning a little bit about him right now we're hearing a lot about his not only attitude toward the poor but his own economic and personal humility. are you struck by that? >> i am. we're told that he moved out of the archbishop palace in buenos aires, takes public transportation, cooks his own meals and makes a point of visiting the parishes in poor areas around buenos aires and has a reputation of being a very staunch advocate for the poorest of the poor and has taken on the economic powers that be in argentina saying that you can't forget the poor.
francis. he is from the first from the new world. the first jesuit, the first latin american to be elected pontiff. we're live in rome this morning and also in buenos aires to a look at a man who will lead the catholics. >>> one month after a karncarni cruise ship got stuck, another one is stuck as well. we will tell you what passengers are saying right now on their boat. >>> a standoff under way in upstate new york right now. police surrounding the suspect wanted in a t shooting spree that killed four people. we are live on the scene. he's a man who may have led to the down fall of mitt romney's presidential campaign. hear from the bartender who filmed the infamous 47% comment. we'll tell you why he did it. >>> work on the job and work at home, how much time men and women spend working versus doing their chores or raising kids. this new information right surprise you. >>> it's thursday, march 14th. "starting point" begins right now. okay, everybody. we're team this morning, monsignor is back with us. head of the u.s. conference of catholic secretary of divine worship and bishop david o'co
of the election of pope francis continues. >> we'll take a look at some of the most emotional and inspirational moments from this historic event. >> first, some other news this morning, putting a face on the silent crisis. the brave men and women who are revealing the extent of sexual assault in the u.s. military. stay with us. ♪ >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by lunesta. weather brought to you by lunesta. and lunesta eszopiclone can help you get there, like it has for so many people before. do not take lunesta if you are allergic to anything in it. when taking lunesta, don't drive or operate machinery until you feel fully awake. walking, eating, driving or engaging in other activities while asleep without remembering it the next day have been reported. lunesta should not be taken together with alcohol. abnormal behaviors may include aggressiveness, agitation, hallucinations or confusion. in depressed patients, worsening of depression, including risk of suicide, may occur. alcohol may increase these risks. allergic reactions such as tongue or throat swelling occur rarel
it was the first sunday window partner of pope francis, the new pontiff. and listen in... he seemed so pleased when he was greeted by deafening cheers. look at the crowd, all before delivering the weekly blessing from the papal apartment window. a lot of happy folks there, all the pilgrims coming to the square. welcome to a brand-new hour of america's news headquarters. >> eric: in keeping this his informal style, the leader of the world's 1.2 billion catholics, he went off the cuff. he didn't read the written remark, but instead, he spontaneously talked about god's power to forgive. and the new pope made another surprising move and appeared right outside the vatican gate, on the street to greet a small crowd of well wishers. he waded into the crowd and blessed the stunned citizens one by one. we have the latest from rome this morning. good morning, amy. >> reporter: hi, eric. on this chilly sunday morning in rome, there has been so much joy and enthusiasm. i don't know whether this is the honeymoon period or whether there is something about pope francis that has gotten under people's skin already.
. >>> now we turn to the vatican. a remarkable scene today in st. peter's square. pope francis, celebrating his inaugural mass, was out and about in the crowd, kissing babies, hugging the faithful, issuing a call to action, signaling a new emphasis for the church. nbc's anne thompson was there. in fact, anne, you got caught up in it briefly this morning. >> reporter: we did, indeed, brian. and, in fact, by vatican standards this was a much simpler ceremony and certainly one that was much shorter. an hour less than benedict's mass eight years ago. another change in style revealing more about this pope named francis. today pope francis preached with action as well as words. climbing out of his open air jeep to bless a disabled man, stopping to kiss children, and urging the 200,000 people in st. peter's square to be protectors of the poor, the weak, and the environment. >> i think he's going to challenge all of us to live a deeper life of faith. >> reporter: as dawn broke, eager crowds raced into the square. they saw francis receive the symbols of power -- a lamb's wool stole signifying his st
're watching the inaugural mass for pope francis. if you're just joining us right now, it has been a remarkable, remarkable morning. pope francis came into st. peter's square atop of the popemobile, open-air. there was no top. he was not enclosed in the bullet-proof glass that we've come to expect. that wall has been removed. >> and we were talking earlier this the morning. will he get off of the popemobile and greet the crowd? that's exactly what happened. there were some babies that were brought up to the popemobile. and he did step out to greet somebody who was ill in the crowd. it was a remarkable moment. a smile, ear-to-ear on his face. and the crowd enjoying every minute of it. >> as far as the ceremony goes, much of the official proceedings have happened. he received the pallium, the ceremonial lamb's wool shawl he'll wear. and his fisherman's ring. and now, we're involved in a mass. this is a mass for st. joseph's day. we're joined by a lot of people here. what is the mass for st. joseph's day? >> it's celebrating the husband of mary, father of jesus, patron of the american church. and
] >> pope francis from argentina, the first pope from latin america. >> his wooden cross, a symbol of commitment to the poor. this new spiritual leader of 1.2 billion catholics. today from the white smoke to the deafening cheers. the bells ringing out. our team cross st. peter's square as history is made, "world news" is here. >>> good evening from rome, a new pope, a new day and new questions for the man who surprised everyone. cardinal bergoglio of argentina becoming the first pope francis, the first pope in 1,000 years to be chosen from outside europe. a jesuit pope, as we said, wearing a plain wooden cross. the crowd roaring, using words like "speechless." and this, the view from the balcony as the faithful stretch to the horizon. so who is this man, and will he bring change to the church at the crossroads of a new time? abc's josh elliott with the tens of thousands of people in st. peter's square today. josh? >> it was a day that began as last night had ended, with a midday plume of black smoke after the first two votes that revealed a still undecided electorate. but at 7:07 l
of argentina. he is 76 years 08 and a jesuit. chosen to be be called pope francis. it took a little over 24 hours for the cardinals to pick the pontiff in the:clave. now live to vatican city where fox's shepard smith is standing by. what can you tell us about pope francis? >> we learned about him together. we had group of 16 cardinals we were watching for. eighth on the list. not many people around here who were very much in the know in papal activity thought there was a possibility with notable exceptions, including our own father jonathan morris, who said if they don't get a pope in the morning session today, watch out for this man from argentina. the first thing that anyone said is he rides a bus. he make his own food. he washes the feet of injured. the first thing he did was ask the people to pray for him. and then got on his hands and knees to accept the prayers. i think he can safely be called a man of the people. a man of great humility. a man who would take the church to the population center, which is unquestionably without any doubt latin america, where half a million -- 501 milli
church. ♪ >> hope francis led a special mass with -- pope francis led a special mass with the cardinals at the sistine chapel. he prayed and left flowers in front of the virgin mary. >> he wanted to get his luggage and his bagsle he left everything there -- bags he left everything there. he somed in the main office -- he stopped in the main office, greeted everyone and decided to pay for the bill for the room he had been occupying. he wanted to leave a good example of what priests and bishops should do. >> now, during this morning's special mass in vatican city, pope francis delivered an off the cuff homily. it was in contrast to pope benedict's mass. leland vitter joins us live from vatican city with more on pope francis's transition into his new role. >> reporter: gening, tori -- gening, tori. 24 -- good evening, tori. there's a new sheriff in town. how would you like to be the clerk that the new pope walks up to and says i would like to check out number 216. and then he delivers a homily that's very focused on what the church should do going forward, it needs to return to serving the
[ bells tolling ] >> pope francis wakes up this morning the new leader of more than a billion catholics asking first for the worked to bless him. [ speaking a foreign language ] >> display a common touch to hundreds of thousands of pilgrims crowding st. peter's square. his selection dramatically shifts the balance of power in the catholic church. a jesuit with one lung who loves soccer and used to tango with his girlfriend. we'll talk to two american cardinals inside the top secret conclave. this morning, live from the vatican and buenos aires, with a special edition of "gma." >>> and good morning, america. robin off today. great to have elizabeth vargas and john muller here on this historic day. >> it is great to be here on such a big morning. >> it certainly is. right to rome right now where pope francis began his first morning as head of the catholic church by visiting rome's largest cathedral. something of a humble start. went through a side entrance before an icon of the virgin mary. see him right there, spent about 30 minutes in contemplation and went outside and see peo
of new elections. a church for the poor, pope francis focuses on the underprivileged in his first eeting with the media. and biblical plague or good enough to eat? israel's jews try to figure out if swarms of locusts are kosher. >> officially challenge after last week's election results. odinga has refused to accept that kenyatta won the presidential poll. we go across live to the phone from the capital, nairobi. talk us through the challenge that raila odinga has submitted. >> we've been waiting for the selection petition to come through, and it was very close o the deadline when it did, so it was a petition basically saying that the i.b.c. had failed to hold a fair and free election and were criminally negligent. now, odina has said he's not challenging the decision that can be determined the president. what he's saying is that this is an actual battle which is the hidden struggle between the change and the status quo. basically criticizing what happened and saying that he has been forced to challenge the decision. now, what happens next is that the supreme court and the judges there w
today as head of the catholic church. ♪ >> hope francis led a special mass with -- pope francis led a special mass with the cardinals at the sistine chapel. he prayed and left flowers in front of the virgin mary. >> he wanted to get his luggage and his bagsle he left everything there -- bags he left everything there. he somed in the main office -- he stopped in the main office, greeted everyone and decided to pay for the bill for the room he had been occupying. he wanted to leave a good example of what priests and bishops should do. >> now, during this morning's special mass in vatican city, pope francis delivered an off the cuff homily. it was in contrast to pope benedict's mass. leland vitter joins us live from vatican city with more on pope francis's transition into his new role. >> reporter: gening, tori -- gening, tori. 24 -- good evening, tori. there's a new sheriff in town. how would you like to be the clerk that the new pope walks up to and says i would like to check out number 216. and then he delivers a homily that's very focused on what
now on the newly-elected pope francis who delivered his first prayer from the vatican. more than 100,000 people crowded into st. peters square to hear the blessing and he delivered off the cuff remarks about god's power to forgive and instead of reading from a written speech, he celebrated the first sunday of mass. >>> before mass, francis made an improvement appearance from a side gate of the vatican waving to the huge crowd. he motioned to his security guard to pluck two priests from the crowd so he could greet them. >>> the u.s. delegation to welcome pope francis is headed to italy. it includes joe biden and nancy pelosi and it includes south bacon geese woman anna with nine other bay area lawmakers from both sides of the isle. both groups plan to attend the isolation of pope francis on tuesday. >>> across the bay area today, catholics celebrated the first sunday with a new pope. carl lieu was there when a special mass was held for pope francis. [ music ] >> reporter: at st. josephs, a massive thanksgiving for the election of pope fr
was overhead during the investigation. >>> time is now 6:05. pope francis began his first morning as a new pontiff, demonstrating the humility he's known for. without a grand entrance he went to rome's main basilica dedicated to the virgin mary through a side door and stopped by the hotel to pick up his luggage. he will be installed on tuesday. as we look live at st.peters's square, a beautiful picture. st.peters's square is not -- the crowd is not as large as the one that gathered last night. pope francis has postponed the visit today to see emeritus pope benedict at the papal retreat outside of rome. at 9:00 this morning pacific time he will lead mass in the sistine chapel with all the cardinals. >>> the vatican calls pope francis a reformer and natural leader who is dedicated to solving some of the church's problems. we have the challenges from one of the largest churches in the east bay. >> reporter: the election of the new pope will no doubt feature prominently in services across the bay area today. it's been 24 hours since the world learned pope
during the investigation. >>> time is now 6:05. pope francis began his first morning as a new pontiff, demonstrating the humility he's known for. without a grand entrance he went to rome's main basilica dedicated to the virgin mary through a side door and stopped by the hotel to pick up his luggage. he will be installed on tuesday. as we look live at st.peters's square, a beautiful picture. st.peters's square is not -- the crowd is not as large as the one that gathered last night. pope francis has postponed the visit today to see emeritus pope benedict at the papal retreat outside of rome. at 9:00 this morning pacific time he will lead mass in the sistine chapel with all the cardinals. >>> the vatican calls pope francis a reformer and natural leader who is dedicated to solving some of the church's problems. we have the challenges from one of the largest churches in the east bay. >> reporter: the election of the new pope will no doubt feature prominently in services across the bay area today. it's been 24 hours since the world learned pope francis is a new leader of the catholic church
, much of what lies ahead for the catholic church now rests on the shoulders of pope francis. the former archbishop of buenos aires was elected by the cardinals yesterday in a strong religion of changing die nam milks. he was selected on the fifth round of voting. at the secret conclave. his name announced for a crowd of over a hundred thousand people gathered in st. peters square. that was quite a sight, mike barnicle, to watch unfold. >> the theater, the theater of the church is unmatched, unparalleled when you consider the ramifications of what we all watched yesterday. hundreds of thousands of people in st. peters square and millions around the world watching this. everything in doubt until those doors opened. the theater of black smoke and white smoke. there was no red state, blue state, no chuck todd standing in front of a map announcing winners. >> not that we don't love that. >> i know, i know. >> it's all go. >> not that there is anything wrong with that. >> until that door opened, we did not know who the next pope would be and the significance of the choice is overwhelming as w
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